Peer review is the process where prior to publication a journal publisher sends out a submitted article to experts in the field for review and critique.
NOTE: Not all academic articles are peer reviewed.
Confused by what ‘peer reviewed’ means? This video will tell you and explain how it works. (2:11)
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Use Ulrichsweb to find out whether a journal is peer-reviewed.
Look for this symbol after conducting a search by the journal title, this symbol indicates that the journal is peer-reviewed.
*** make sure to search by journal title and not article title.
1. Preview: See what you can learn about a text before reading it.
2. Contextualize: Situate a text in its historical, biographical and cultural contexts.
3. Question: Ask questions about the text in order to understand it.
4. Reflect: Consider whether this text challenged any of your preexisting beliefs.
5. Summarize: Outline and identify main ideas in your own words.
6. Evaluate: Assess the credibility and logic of the text.
7. Compare:Consider similarities and differences between this text and others.
(adapted from: http://www.salisbury.edu/counseling/new/7_critical_reading
Not sure if a source is valid? This video explains how you can tell -- by using the CRAAP test. (2:10)